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City of Boulder Releases Draft Open Space and Mountain Parks Master Plan

Community members can provide feedback through an online questionnaire and “drop-in” meetings  

The City of Boulder has released an Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Draft Master Plan – developed with input from thousands of people who shared more than 10,000 comments – that will guide management of city open space over the next decade and beyond. The draft plan incorporates recent feedback from a statistically valid survey, an online questionnaire, a community meeting and community “micro-engagements.”

With this input, the OSMP Draft Master Plan proposes a set of 17 high priority strategies the department will emphasize first. In summary, those would involve:

  • Keeping healthy habitats healthy and bringing degraded ones into better condition;
  • Taking care of and improving the condition of our existing assets, including trails, visitor amenities, agricultural structures and water infrastructure;
  • Addressing visitation growth;
  • Enhancing soil health and carbon storage in irrigable agricultural lands to improve productivity and slow the effects of climate change; and
  • Fostering environmental literacy, wellness and stewardship among youth and underserved communities.

OSMP invites community members to tell OSMP how well they think their values and input – along with their funding priorities for open space – have been incorporated into the draft plan. Community members can:

  • Complete an online questionnaire that is accessible at OSMPMasterPlan.org and will be open today through midnight, Wednesday, June 12. Feedback provided by midnight, Monday, June 3, will be shared at a joint City Council-Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) study session Tuesday, June 11.
  • Provide feedback through “drop-in” listening sessions that will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 30, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 1, at OSMP’s Hub Building at 2520 55th St.
  • Share input with Open Space Board of Trustees during an open comment period at trustees’ next meeting Wednesday, June 12.
  • Email OSMP staff, the OSBT and the Boulder City Council.

OSMP will use community input, along with feedback from a joint City Council-OSBT study session Tuesday, June 11, to update and refine elements of the draft plan. Community members can also share additional input on the draft plan at these scheduled meetings:

  • Wednesday, July 10: Open comment period at the Open Space Board of Trustees meeting.
  • Wednesday, July 31: Public hearing at a special Open Space Board of Trustees meeting to review and recommend the revised OSMP Master Plan.
  • Thursday, Aug. 1: Public hearing at a city Planning Board meeting to review and recommend the revised OSMP Master Plan.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 3: City Council public hearing to consider the final OSMP Master Plan.

Building the OSMP Master Plan
Community input opportunities from Monday, May 20, to Wednesday, June 12, will represent the fifth community “engagement window” that OSMP has conducted for its Master Plan since January 2018. Each engagement window – which are specific timeframes where the department seeks public input – has built on the previous one. The four previous engagement windows have helped OSMP to:

  • Hear what the community values about open space and what their hopes and concerns are for the future (January 22 to March 30, 2018).
  • Understand how well we heard community members’ values, hopes and concerns to develop five Master Plan focus areas (May 7 to May 20, 2018). Those focus areas are: Ecosystem Health and Resilience; Responsible Recreation, Stewardship and Enjoyment; Community Connection, Education and Inclusion; Agriculture Today and Tomorrow; and Financial Sustainability.
  • Develop desired outcomes for each Master Plan focus area, along with broad strategies that will help achieve them (September 19, 2018 to January 16, 2019)
  • Hear how the City of Boulder should prioritize open space tax dollars over the next 10 years (March 1 to April 7, 2019)

OSMP deeply appreciates the input it has received from community members – along with Open Space Board of Trustees and City Council feedback at numerous study sessions and meetings in 2018 and 2019  –  to help it develop the draft OSMP Master Plan.

The draft OSMP Master Plan is laid out in text format. As the plan content evolves through additional feedback this summer, final maps and graphics will be incorporated into the plan. A graphically complete plan is expected in late 2019. For more information about the OSMP Master Plan, please visit OSMPMasterPlan.org or call OSMP at 303-441-3440.

Published: May 21, 2019
 

Media Contacts:
Phillip Yates, Open Space and Mountain Parks, 303-349-2438
Bryan Rachal, Media Relations, 303-441-3155
BoulderColorado.gov
OSMP.org